Position Opening Head of Library Systems, University at Albany, Albany, NY

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek a creative, knowledgeable, dynamic leader committed to service to academic library users to provide vision and direction for library IT operations, including the Libraries’ ILS (Ex Libris ALEPH 500), design and technical aspects of the Libraries’ Web site, an in-house server farm (possibly transitioning to campus IT hosted) that hosts Web sites and related applications, over 400 PCs / laptops and associated peripherals for public and staff, and computer-equipped classrooms. Coordinates, manages, mentors, and provides leadership for the Library Systems Department, consisting of 5 professionals and student assistants. Integrates systems knowledge and experience into the advancement of the Libraries’ goals through existing and new initiatives. Recommends technical standards, policies, and new technological initiatives. Plans hardware/software upgrades for the Libraries. Collaborates with administrators and other library units in planning, supporting, and managing technology-based services, such as Serials Solutions resource linking, EBSCO Discovery Service, Ares reserve management system, and ILLiad resource sharing management system. Participates in planning and management within the Division as a member of the Technical Services Department Heads and Team Leader Group. Reports to the Associate Director, Technical Services and Library Systems Division. The successful candidate must: fulfill an important partnership role with campus Information Technology Services (ITS), University-wide initiatives such as an institutional repository, and with faculty and other users of the library; be professionally active; provide vision for the department and the Libraries; and perform other duties such as committee service.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization; relevant experience in an academic library or other library setting; management experience including evidence of successful personnel supervision; working knowledge/experience with integrated library systems, PC desktop operating systems, best practices, standards, and trends in the application of technology in libraries; demonstrated commitment to user-centered service; demonstrated ability to shape departmental vision and goals and to relate them to the institution’s goals; strong analytical, and oral and written communication skills. Applicants must address in their applications their abilities to work with a culturally diverse population and to provide leadership.

 Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree in information science, computer science or related discipline.

 All finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts and to present on a specific topic to all library personnel.

How to Apply:

 Submit a cover letter referencing job posting P11-24063, your resume, and contact information for three references (include street address, telephone number, e-mail address).

You may apply online at http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=24286 <http://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=24286> .

 Or, you may apply by regular mail or e-mail to:

 Ann Gunning
Library Personnel Assistant
University Libraries, LI-107A

University at Albany, State University of New York

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12222
AGunning@uamail.albany.edu <mailto:AGunning@uamail.albany.edu>

 Application deadline: June 15, 2011

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